18 hours ago
Throwback Thursday! What a difference today from last year. Today was in the low 50s with no rain. A year ago: SNOW! ... See MoreSee Less
Bone dry down here. Not good.
3 days ago
Gemstone Tuesday! January's birthstone is garnet. Garnets not only come in red but also orange, yellow, purple and vibrant green. Tsavorite garnets are green and one of the most popular garnets. Garnets are 7 to 7.5 on the MOHS scale of hardness so are not the best option for a ring worn daily. They can best be used in pendants, earrings and brooches/pins. This is a tsavorite garnet set in a palladium 950 half bezel in a mokume ring of palladium 500 and sterling silver. Great color contrast, don't you think? ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful! I love the deep etch.
4 days ago
Many of our rings have palladium in them either as its own alloy (palladium 500) or as 14K palladium white gold. Palladium 500 is a darker grey than 14K palladium white gold so provides a stronger contrast to the white of sterling silver. Palladium started being used in jewelry around 1939 and its use grew during WWII when platinum was needed for the war effort. Palladium is considered hypo-allergenic and is less dense than platinum. Palladium will not tarnish or corrode. Palladium’s main use is in automotive catalytic converters which has greatly contributed to its increase in price. Palladium has more than quadrupled in price since January 2016. Palladium 500 and sterling silver has been our most popular metal combination 6 out of the last 10 years. Photo shows etched and non-etched palladium 500 and sterling silver. Which is your favorite? ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
Throwback Thursday. We believe this is the first integral half bezel we made. We made the ring in 2003! Some styles are classic and never go out of style. This has always been a good style choice for someone who is active yet still wants to wear a ring with a diamond or gemstone.The ring is in our "A" metal combination of 18K yellow gold, 14K palladium white gold, 14K red gold and sterling silver with a platinum liner. Liners are not needed for comfort or durability and was the client's request. BTW, Jim took this photo and though a good photo, his skill with a camera has improved greatly over the years. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Metals Monday! Hope your new year is starting out well! Terminology can be a bit confusing sometimes when it comes to jewelry and metals. There are a number of metals referred to as "white metals" but they are actually grey in color. Sterling silver is the whitest metal we use and is the white metal white you see in our metal combinations. Sterling silver is required in a metal combination in order to etch the ring. In standard metal combinations there is a layer of sterling silver between each layer of the other metals. These are 3 rings in the white metals...but remember the sterling silver is the white metal and the metals called "white metals" are the grey ones. Confused or did I clear that up? ... See MoreSee Less